Hello, Harriett here welcoming you to Day 1 of our Berlin Diary,
We were joined on the trip with our dear friend Jess from
I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures!
(If you want to see any of the pictures bigger then just give them a click)
Our day started at 3 in the morning, making our way to the airport
by taxi and train for our 6 o'clock flight. By the time we boarded we where
already a little bit delirious with lack of sleep and full of the jitters as
we where all so excited for the holiday to begin.
Aimee and Jess heaving our hand luggage into the baggage compartment.
I was to short to be of any help in this task. If you look closely you can see
underneath their head scarfs the rows of pin curls and bobby pins which set
off the airport security alarms. This resulted in both my travel companions
needing to be taken to the side and swiped with the metal detector to make
sure they where not 1940's terrorists carrying those old timey bombs.
I managed to smuggle in my knitting. I think needles are technically
not considered appropriate on an aircraft due to their potentially
weapon like shape, but I'm a lady who doesn't play by the rules!
This sweater ain't gonna knit itself.
We are a classy bunch, so naturally we flew with easy jet. I suspect the
pilot may have been drunk as it was a pretty bumpy flight and a particularly
rough landing. All three of us were so excited to have arrived in Germany,
though as we left the plane it became clear that we had landed in the middle
of a rain storm. The air was so thick and humid we were a little worried for
our plans for the rest of the week.
After a long and some what stressful train journey we arrived in
Prenzlauer Allee, our home for the holiday. This is us waiting at the
station for Anna our host to show us the way to her and her husband
Beau's apartment. We stood outside in the rain for at least half an hour
being harassed by drunks before we thought to check on the platform
where we found sweet Anna waiting for us. After a short walk to their
flat we dropped off our suit cases, and headed over to Suicide Sue with
Anna for some lunch.
This is me outside the cafe, the food was absolutely delicious, in fact
it was so delicious that we completely forgot to take a picture of it before
we scarfed it all.
After lunch we decided to go for a walk around the neighbourhood. I was
staying in the same area in when I visited Berlin with my boyfriend so we
made our way with relative ease.
Although we occasionally needed to check the map.
Jess stopping to take some photographs. Cyclists in Berlin can get pretty
aggressive, especially if you are standing in their dubiously marked cycle lane.
We were at the wrong end of many an angry cyclists through out the trip,
moments after this picture was taken we where almost mowed down for the
After a short walk we found Memory one of my favourite Vintage shops
in Berlin. The items are all really reasonably priced, I picked up two
amazing 40s dresses for $35 each (around £30) last time I was in town.
Another shot of Memory. The dress in the window was a beautiful coral 30s
number, unfortunately it was far to big for any of us, so no bargains this time.
This is Anna our beautiful and gracious host! Thanks to her generosity we had the
most amazing trip and can't wait for her to come to London so we can return the
favour. She has a blog over at Confessions of a Postie where she types up the
entries to a real diary written in 1953 by a London Postman, which she found whilst
on a shopping trip with us at Portobello Market. I have read further in to the diary
entries and it truly is gripping stuff, full of unexpected and often
In the evening she hosted a get together with traditional German cake and Elderflower
punch.The strawberries were absolutely amazing soaking in the alcohol. Once all the
punch was finished I fished the remainder our with a spoon!
Anna's friends Julia and her fiance Wil joined as for the evening. Julia has
a great food blog over at Meat and Chocolate and provided us with some
great tips regarding Vintage shopping for our trip. Plus her red hair is
Aimee and Jess utterly exhausted after such a long day, but still looking
glamorous. I was slightly more disheveled and makeup free by this point
so I am going to refrain from sharing any pictures. However Jess and I
enjoyed giving Anna and Aimee panic attacks by climbing out onto the
scaffolding surrounding the building, then spying on the neighbours across
the street, making up names and life stories for them based on what we could
see them doing.
After we finished our drinks we all headed to a local bar where, like most places
in Berlin, people smoke.... INDOORS! It was very nostalgic, which to us is
always a good thing. We ate some delicious, and thankfully Ecoli free Vietnamese
food drank a few spirit mixers, then headed back to the flat for some seriously earned
Read tomorrow about our Trip to the outdoor swimming pool which hovers off the
bank of the river and Aimee's undying love for the caffeinated soft drink 'Club Mate'.
Jess and myself also lose Aimee on the tram, and all three of us end up at a pub lock in run by with a woman who happened to walk the red carpet with Quentin Tarantino.